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Record 6155

Reading Experience:

'Anna Larpent's diary mentions over 440 titles, including forty-six English novels (She preferred those by women or works of sentimental fiction); twenty-two French works of fiction, including Rousseau, Marivaux, Marmontel and Voltaire; Italian imaginative literature, especially Goldoni and Netastasio; thirty-six French plays, notably those of Corneille; thirty-eight English plays, especially Shakespeare; more than sixty works on history, biography and social science, including Gibbon, Hume, Raynall, Rollin, Giucciardini, Adam Smith, Monboddo and Ferguson; sixteen books of natural philosophy, notably Fontenelle, Smellie, Goldsmith and the entire literature of the South Sea voyages; belles-lettres and criticism to the tune of forty-five volumes, among them Pope, Johnson, Boileau, Du Bos, Swift and Chesterfield; twenty-seven works of classics in translation, with Plutarch, Seneca, Virgil and Cicero as special favourites; a baker's dozen of advice books; forty-six collections of sermons and works of piety chiefly from latitudinarian divines but also from high churchmen and papists; the English poetic classics Spenser, Milton, Gay, Pope, Thomson, Young and Gray - as well as a smaller body of travel literature and miscellaneous work that is difficult to identify.'
Century: 1700-1799, 1800-1849
Date: unknown
Country: n/a
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Anna Larpent
Age Unknown
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1758
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Diplomat's daugher and civil servant's wife
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: various
Title: various
Genre: Sermon, Other religious, Fiction, Drama, Essays / Criticism, History, Poetry, Social Science, Biography, Geography / Travel, Politics, Philosophy, Conduct books, Science, Natural history, Reference / General works, Over 400 titles in every conceivable genre
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 6155  
Source - Print  
  Author: John Brewer
  Editor: James Raven
  Title: The Practice and Representation of Reading in England, essay entitled 'Reconstructing the reader'
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1996
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 229
  Additional comments: James Raven, Helen Small and Naomi Tadmor editors. April 1792.

Citation: John Brewer, James Raven (ed.), The Practice and Representation of Reading in England, essay entitled 'Reconstructing the reader' (Cambridge, 1996), p. 229,, accessed: 25 July 2024

Additional comments:

Brewer gets his information from Larpent's diary, Huntington Museum, HM 31201. The diaries describe her reading from 1773 to 1828.



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